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Wednesday, Jul 31, 2002County: Colbert
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Authorities are looking for a suspect in the torturing of what appears to be an 8 month old gray cat. When it was found, the cat was in such bad shape they couldn't tell what kind of cat it was. "We couldn't even tell the sex on it."
The burned cat was found in a wooded area in Sheffield. The cat had burns over 80% of its body. Apparently the abuse occurred at a Sunday night party.
The cat had to be euthanized at the animal control office.
When the man is located, he will be charged with felony cruelty charges.
"They had a party, and someone decided to torture a cat. They tied a shoestring around its neck and held it up by the string, squirted it with lighter fluid and lit it on fire." The party took place at 1505 Eighth Street.
The suspect's name hasn't been released since authorities are looking for him. The owner of the house is not a suspect. The owner was home when the incident happened. A relative of the owner jumped the man who allegedly burned the cat.
The Colbert County sheriff's office was notified about the incident at the home.
The animal control office and officers looked for the cat. It was found in a wooded area across the strteet from the house. "It was alive. It was gasping for air."
The gray cat had burns to just about every area of its back. "So he must have sprayed the cat's stomach and face area with the lighter fluid."
The suspect has been arrested on domestic violence charges in the past.
- Florence AL Times Daily - Aug 13, 2002
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